By: Dorothy Giobbe
Ridder of Knight-Ridder and
Thomson Newspapers’ Harrington join Burleigh, Daniels, Easterly, Montgomery sp.
THE MEMBERSHIP OF the Associated Press has reelected four incumbents and chosen two new executives to serve three-year terms, respectively, on the AP board.
The election, held this week at the news cooperative’s annual meeting in New Orleans, is based on membership bonds held by newspapers that comprise the AP.
P. Anthony Ridder, president and CEO of Knight-Ridder Inc., and Richard J. Harrington, president and CEO of Thomson Newspapers Corp., are the new executives voted to serve the board.
The reelected members are William R. Burleigh, president and CEO of Scripps Howard Inc. of Cincinnati; Frank A. Daniels Jr., president and publisher of the News & Observer Publishing Co. in Raleigh, N.C.; David Easterly, president and CEO of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises Inc.; and John Montgomery, president and publisher of Montgomery Publications Inc. in Junction City, Kan.
Montgomery was chosen to fill the board position representing a city with less than 50,000 population.
The total number of bond votes that each winning nomination received were as follows: Easterly, 18,898; Daniels, 18,392; Burleigh, 16,350; Ridder, 16,021; Harrington, 9,672; and Montgomery, 13,877.
Other nominations, and the respective number of bond votes received by each, follow:
Larry Franklin, president and CEO of Harte-Hanks Communications Inc. of San Antonio, who received 7,420 bond votes; Lissa Walls Vahldiek, CEO of Southern Newspapers Inc. in Houston, with 6,178 votes; Frank A. Blethen, chairman of the Seattle Times Co., with 6,008 votes; Madeleine G. Corson, chairman of Guy Gannett Communications, Portland, Maine, who garnered 4,731 votes; George E. Riggs, publisher and CEO of Lesher Communications in Walnut Creek, Calif., who earned 2,840 votes; and R. Victor Dix, president and publisher of the Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio, with 6,946 votes.